January-February 2018

ASPI Award Winners Announced

As a group that identifies itself as “The Forum for Connecting Industry Leaders,” ASPI strives to recognize great leadership within the industries it serves. ASPI offers two awards each year: ASPI Customer Executive of the Year, and the ASPI Excellence in Leadership Award. These awards not only provide recognition for the recipient, they also promote ASPI’s mission of supporting industry ...

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CIPTE Show Highlights Innovation and Sustainability

ROBERT RYAN Innovation, sustainability and megatrends… these were key themes at the China International Paper Technology Exhibition and Conference (CIPTE). The three-day trade show and seminar program was held in Shenzhen, China, in September 2017, and attracted machinery and automation vendors, chemicals and consumables suppliers, papermakers, and industry experts from across China and overseas. Sustainability was the focus of the ...

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Sustainability as Business Leverage

In a dictionary, the word “sustainability” includes two definitions: the ability to be maintained at a steady rate, and the conservation of natural resources for ecological balance. There is perhaps no arena where these two ideas overlap more than they do in tissue production. The tissue industry is global in scale, resource intensive, consumer-oriented, and high volume—all areas where, no ...

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Progroup Turns 25

Jürgen Heindl once described his company as an “ambitious teenager—rebellious, critical, and impatient…” That was 10 years ago. Now, having just turned 25, Progroup continues to grow rapidly and is a remarkable force in the European containerboard industry. MARK RUSHTON In the early 1990s, an extremely determined and knowledgeable 37-year-old Jürgen Heindl was an experienced industrial engineer who, in solid ...

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Fapajal Tissue: Old, New & Customer-Centric

A digital-age mindset—with a human touch and a ‘boutique’ approach—forms the core of this company’s strategy. In 2015, the turnaround team of the Portuguese telecom company ONI Communications was looking for its next project; Xavier Rodriguez-Martín and Rui Sequeira Martins were determined to breathe new life into another business. As unlikely as it may seem, they landed on Fapajal, a tissue producer on ...

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Buckman’s Junai Maharaj on ‘The Art of the Possible’

Since taking the helm about a year ago, Junai Maharaj has brought a new energy to the Memphis-based company. In this P360 exclusive, he speaks about the ‘customer-obsessed culture’ driving Buckman 4.0. JAN BOTTIGLIERI It takes a bit of scheduling to meet with Junai Maharaj for a few hours at Buckman’s Memphis headquarters—but it’s possible. Now that he has served ...

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RISI’s 2018 European CEO of the Year

An interview with Miles Roberts, DS Smith MARK RUSHTON “Being able to navigate the volatile OCC and containerboard situation without missing a beat in terms of growing earnings and cash flows” and “Under Roberts’ leadership, DS Smith continues to capture margin by providing creative service and product enhancement to its myriad customers.” These were just two comments cited from investment ...

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Data Use in Mills: A Supplier Survey

We surveyed three industry suppliers who work with pulp and paper industry customers to capture and use data in mill environments and asked them for some quick tips on how mills can get the most from their data. Answers were provided by: • Michael Gee, North American Account Manager – Wedge, Trimble Forestry • Kai Vikman, COO, Industry Business Group, Pöyry ...

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Leveraging Water Data to Make a Global Impact

A recent Water Industry Forum explored how data collected from water facilities can be used to address global water scarcity and cleanliness challenges. JAN BOTTIGLIERI By the year 2030, global water demand is expected to outpace sustainable supply by 40 percent, according to the UN. Yet water is essential not only to our industry’s progress and success, but to human ...

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On the Ragged Edge of a Revolution

Big Data Tools that Advance Quality and Improve Economics in Papermaking PETER W. HART There is a significant opportunity for improving quality and economic performance in paper manufacturing through application of Big Data analysis. Obstacles are being overcome, but improvements in complementary analytical tools are still needed and are in development. Through these tools, mills can reap significant benefits. The ...

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